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Meet Our Heroes

At Cleveland Clinic Children's every child receives world-class care, from our youngest, littlest patients to our oldest, tallest patients. With “Meet Our Heroes” Cleveland Clinic Children’s is able to spotlight our bravest patients and most compassionate caregivers. Highlighting their successes and contributions affirms our commitment to the mission of providing compassionate, family centered, world-class pediatric care, working to restore children and adolescents to health so that they can return to their everyday activities as soon as possible.

Meet Our Hero - Tom

Tom shares his journey to becoming a Child Life Specialist.

I am the senior member of the Child Life team. I began my career in 1981 after graduating from college and have seen many changes and growth of Cleveland Clinic Children’s and the Child Life department over these years. I have worked in most areas of the hospital and most recently see patients in the epilepsy monitoring unit and the outpatient hematology/oncology area. The resilient spirit and attitude of the children and families facing serious medical challenges however remains the same. We can learn much about courage, strength and character from these patients and their families. It truly is an honor and privilege working here at Cleveland Clinic Children's.


Read About Our Past Heroes

Getting Kids Back in the Game

The ESPN Cleveland and Cleveland Clinic Children's Radiothon spotlights courageous kids who have overcome adversity to get back to what they love doing most. Their stories of courage and compassion inspire us all and motivate Cleveland Clinic Children’s caregivers to help kids get back in the game each day.